Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Koch Brothers Could Benefit On Wisconsin Governor Walker's Budget Repair Bill


Madison pro-union demonstrations enter eight day of protests

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 22, 2010

Madison - On Tuesday, Walker called on Senate Democrats staying in Illinois, "you had your time, now you can come home and do your job." Walker warn that one thousand state workers could be layoff by next week and many of them could be getting pink slips after Friday.
Senate Democrats say, Walker can meet with union workers and agree on a contract, since workers have agreed on Walkers concessions except giving up their right to bargain collectively. Walker doesn't have to layoff state workers, since the budget repair bill is only through June 30. Walker is making the decision to layoff workers.
Representative Peter Barca, (D) released a statement that representatives will introduce about 100 amendments to stop and kill the Walker's bill. Wisconsin Senate Democrats in Illinois say, if Walker is worried about not making the deadline to get the bill refinance by Friday and doesn't want to layoff state workers. Then why doesn't he negotiate and offer a compromise? Democrats won't give up the collective bargaining for state workers.
TMJ News 4 reported that Walker's bill, if approved would allow power plants to be sold without any bids. Those who would benefit is one of Walker's largest campaign contributors, the conservative Koch brothers, Charles and David owners of Koch Industries who gave the Walker campaign $43,000 in 2010 and gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. Democracy Now dot org reported, since taking office, Walker has been in close contact with Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-funded organization. The head of the organization, Tim Phillips, told the New York Times that his group had worked behind the scenes to try to encourage a union showdown in Wisconsin.

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